The Hertfordshire Warmer Homes scheme
This scheme provides free or discounted household improvements to help residents stay warm in their homes and has been launched by Hertfordshire County Council Public Health in partnership with all 10 district and borough councils.
• In Hertfordshire, over 32,000 households are estimated to live in fuel poverty meaning they do not have enough money to adequately heat their home. Colder temperatures can lead to excess winter deaths.
• Between August 2013 and July 2016, there were 1795 excess winter deaths in Hertfordshire. Many of these were preventable.
• The World Health Organisation recommends that homes should be heated to 21°C (70°F) during the day and 18°C (64°F) at night. This is especially important for those with a young family, the over 75s or those with a long-term health condition, such as respiratory or cardiovascular disease.
The Hertfordshire Warmer Homes scheme aims to make homes easier and cheaper to heat by offering free or discounted energy efficiency measures, such as insulation and heating repair, or fuel switching advice to low-income and vulnerable households. This will reduce health problems and can prevent deaths in very vulnerable people.
The Hertfordshire Warmer Homes scheme will be managed by the National Energy Foundation, using funding from the national Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and local authority contributions. It will run to 31 October 2018.
If you know of people who would benefit from this in Hertfordshire, please help us raise awareness of this scheme by publicising it through your own channels – websites, bulletins, social media, staff newsletters etc
• Signpost people to find more information by contacting HertsHelp on: 0300 123 4044 (local rate) or firstname.lastname@example.org
• Or visit our Warmer Homes page.
Further information and a communications toolkit to help publicise the campaign is available on the Health in Herts professionals pages